Suddenly you develop sniffles. Are they allergies or COVID-19?
One expert says that if you have a history of allergies it may be your most important clue.
“Symptoms like congestion, a sore throat and sense of smell are common with both seasonal allergies and COVID-19, ”said Dr. Jonathan Matz, an allergist and immunologist at LifeBridge Health in Maryland.
“We don’t care much about people who have seasonal allergies because their symptoms are predictable year after year,” Matz said in a LifeBridge press release.
This means that if your dew and sore throat occur constantly at this time of year, you are likely to have seasonal allergies, he noted.
Along with the predictability of symptoms, another sign of seasonal allergies is itching in the throat or nose, which is not compatible with COVID-19 symptoms.
It is also important to know that fever is usually an indicator of COVID-19, but not of seasonal allergies.
If you have tried to assess your symptoms but are still unsure and do not feel well, it is best to take the test, Matz advised.
“If you have these symptoms and have never had allergies before, this is COVID until proven otherwise,” he said.
Even if you have confirmed that you have seasonal allergies and not COVID-19, your symptoms can make people around you uncomfortable, which can cause problems as schools, workplaces reopen. and other places.
“What I’m worried about is that students go back to school in person,” Matz said. “Many nurses and teachers at the school see children with these symptoms and tell them to stay home, even when they are only allergic.”
If you have problems with other people, consider talking to an allergist and getting the documentation you have seasonal allergies, Suggested Matz.
AARP has more information on the differences between seasonal allergies and COVID-19.
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